HEALTHY SMILES DENTAL OFFERS VELSCOPE VX ORAL CANCER SCREENING
Lancaster Practice to Offer Advanced Technology to Catch Early-Stage
LANCASTER, PA - (January 25, 2012) - Lancaster dentist Dr. Matthew T. Kingston and the Healthy Smiles Dental team announced that the practice will offer the advanced VELscope Vx system to aid in oral cancer screening. With it, Dr. Kingston can detect tissue abnormalities that may be oral cancer that may not be apparent in a routine visual exam. VELscope Vx also aids in the detection of precancerous lesions and other common types of oral mucosal disease, such as viral, bacterial or fungal infections, inflammation from a variety of causes (e.g. trauma), and even salivary gland tumors. A tissue biopsy can be performed to confirm an oral cancer diagnosis when there is a concern.
The National Institutes for Health's SEER data estimated that nearly 40,000 Americans would be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2011, and 8,000 would die from it. Men are more than twice as likely as women to be diagnosed with it.
"Catching oral cancer early is vital to survival. It is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, since symptoms rarely are noticed until late stages, and by then the cancer may have metastasized to other locations," Dr. Kingston observed. "Used in conjunction with our soft tissue oral exams, VELscope technology can help us catch oral cancer earlier, when the chance for survival is improved exponentially. VELscope oral cancer exams are inexpensive, take only 2-to-3 minutes, are non-invasive and completely pain-free, and our patients appreciate the fact that no distasteful rinses or messy dyes are involved," he said.
First introduced in 2006 by the Canadian firm LED Dental Inc., the VELscope system is based on a tissue fluorescence visualization technology platform developed through over $50 million in research conducted at institutions such as the University of Texas's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and funded by the National Institutes of Health and others. Healthy Smiles Dental uses the second generation VELscope Vx system, approved by the FDA in 2010, which features a cordless design and updated optics technology.
The VELscope Vx shines a safe, blue light into the oral cavity and excites natural tissue fluorescence. When viewed by the clinician through the Vx's patented filters, abnormal tissue typically appears as an irregular, dark area that stands out against the otherwise normal, green fluorescence pattern of surrounding healthy tissue. No radiation is emitted by the system.
In addition to documenting that the VELscope system helps dental practitioners detect cancerous and precancerous lesions that otherwise would have been missed, studies have shown that it can help ensure that all targeted diseased tissue is removed when surgical excision is indicated.
The mortality rate for oral cancer is higher than several better-publicized cancers, such as cervical cancer and testicular cancer. Despite the reduction in the use of tobacco products, it is one of the few types of cancer that has not experienced a significant reduction in the number of victims over the past several decades.
Regular exams can help address the fact that oral cancer is typically discovered in late stages, when the cancer may have metastasized, giving the patient a 5-year survival rate around 30%, according to SEER data. If discovered in early stages when the cancer is still localized, survival rate leaps to 80-to-90%. Early detection can help reduce not only the mortality rate, but the degree of invasiveness and disfigurement resulting from treatment.
Since some oral cancers are now known to be linked to exposure to the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV), many health experts advise everyone 18-years old and older to get an oral cancer exam on at least an annual basis.
The Velscope Vx system is marketed by LED Dental Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of LED Medical Diagnostics Inc. headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. The World Health Organization recognized the VELscope system as one of eight products that addresses global health concerns, and it was named one of the Top 100 Products for three consecutive years by Dentistry Today. For more information, call +1 (604) 434-4614, or visit www.VELscope.com.
Healthy Smiles Dental, a general, cosmetic and restorative dental practice in Lancaster, PA, opened in December 2010 in the Woods Edge Plaza, at the intersection of S. Centerville Road and Columbia Ave., less than a mile from the Centerville Rd. exit off U.S. 30. Matthew T. Kingston, DMD, an honors graduate of the Temple University School of Dentistry, began his dental career in Ambler, PA in 2001 and has practiced dentistry in Lancaster since 2005. Dr. Kingston and his team provide comprehensive, personalized dental care in a comfortable environment, using state-of-the-art dental technology. The founding principle of Healthy Smiles Dental is treating the dental needs of individuals, while educating patients about the relationship between their oral health and their overall systemic health. For more information, call 717-945-7440 or visit Healthy Smiles Dental at http://www.HealthySmilesDentalPA.com.
Dr. Matthew T. Kingston